There was a spike in workers developing occupational diseases in 2022, including 624 cases involving noise-induced deafness.

Figures released on Tuesday show that there were 1,052 cases of workers developing certain ailments in the course of their work, a 60 per cent increase over the 659 cases seen the previous year.

There were 494 occupational disease cases in 2020 and 517 in 2019, according to the workplace safety and health report released by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

MOM said occupational diseases are harder to detect. Unlike injuries arising from accidents, most occupational diseases only develop after prolonged periods of exposure.